Piglet Processing SOP


November 22, 2019 - <zangaroc@msu.edu>, <franzeli@msu.edu>, <gemus@msu.edu>

General Protocol

• Piglet processing includes various procedures used to administer treatment, prepare piglets for growth, and identify animals.

• A piglet should receive one dose of colostrum within 12 hours of birth. » Processing of small, weak, or ill piglets should be delayed until the piglet is healthy and strong enough to receive these procedures by standing and nursing on its own.

• All litters expressing signs of illness, such as scours, should be processed last, and all equipment used should be cleaned and disinfected prior to use on the next litter(s).

• Inspect all equipment for proper maintenance prior to use.

• Disinfect tools between pigs or litters. Chlorhexidine gluconate is an ideal disinfectant as it is less irritating to the piglets and less corrosive on metal compared to others.

•Throwing or intentionally dropping piglets is a willful act of abuse and will not be tolerated.

Procedures for Piglets

  • Administer iron dextran and antibiotic
  • Clipping needle teeth
  • Trimming umbilical cords

Protocols for Identifying Piglets

  • Tattoos
  • Ear notches
  • Ear tags
  • Tail docking


  • Procedure
  • Repairing Ruptures
  • Taping Procedures 







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